Department Chair

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Marie-Claude Couture, associate professor and health professions department chair, has more than fifteen years of experience leading public health studies in local and international settings, including Haiti, Cambodia, Ghana, Thailand, and the Ivory Coast. She built a solid academic background in epidemiology and public health with research interests in substance use, infectious diseases, gender-based violence, sexual and reproductive health, and social determinants of health in diverse...

Education:
  • Université de Montréal, Montreal, Canada, PhD in Public Health, epidemiology
  • McGill University, Montreal, Canada, MSc, Masters in Biochemistry, molecular biology
  • Université Laval Quebec, Canada...
Expertise:
  • Epidemiology
  • Data analysis
  • Quantitative research methods
  • Survey design

Program Director

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Dr. Alette Coble-Temple is a licensed clinical psychologist who comes to the University of San Francisco with 18 years of teaching within a clinical psychology doctorate program and 20 years of experience as a forensic evaluator. Her cultural-responsive leadership style promotes innovative academic and training structures to strengthen accessibility and effectiveness. Dr. Coble-Temple mentors from a developmental perspective with an emphasis on equity, diversity, and inclusion. Her research and...

Education:
  • John F. Kennedy University, PsyD in Clinical Psychology, 1999
  • John F. Kennedy University, MA in Sport Psychology, 1995
  • Santa Clara University, BS in Psychology, 1993
Expertise:
  • Clinical psychology
  • Disability rights
  • Neuropsychology
  • Forensic risk assessment
  • Attachment theory

Full-Time Faculty

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June Madsen Clausen, PhD is a Professor in the Clinical Psychology PsyD Program within the School of Nursing and Health Professions (SONHP). Previously, she served as the inaugural Senior Associate Dean for SONHP, as Program Director for the PsyD Program, as Associate Dean for Academic Effectiveness in the College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) and as Chair of the Department of Psychology in CAS. She is Consultant and past Director of the Foster Care Research Group; her published work focuses on the...

Education:
  • University of California, San Francisco, Post Doctoral Fellowship in Clinical Services Research, 1994
  • University of California, San Diego, PhD in Clinical Psychology, 1992
  • University of California...
Expertise:
  • Trauma
  • Foster Youth
  • Program Evaluation
  • Assessment of Student Learning in Higher Education
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Brent Ferm is a professor teaching in the Clinical Psychology program at the University of San Francisco. He received his PhD in Clinical Psychology from Northwestern University with a clinical emphasis on psychoanalytically/psychodynamically informed psychotherapy. Brent is currently a clinical supervisor for the Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Training Program at the San Francisco Center for Psychoanalysis and also has a private practice providing psychotherapy and psychological assessment since...

Education:
  • Northwestern University, PhD in Clinical Psychology, 1991
  • UC Berkeley, BS in Psychology, 1980
Expertise:
  • Psychodynamic psychotherapy
  • Clinical supervision
  • Attachment theory
  • Time-limited dynamic psychotherapy
     
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Dr. Dellanira Garcia, a licensed clinical psychologist, obtained her PhD in Clinical Psychology from the University of Washington. She was awarded a National Research Service Award (F31) from the National Institutes of Mental Health to examine social capital and mental illness among women of Mexican descent. Dr. Garcia's research focuses on socio-cultural contextual factors impacting ethnic minority mental health and sexual risk behaviors, with an emphasis in Latino populations. Her community...

Education:
  • PhD, University of Washington, Seattle, WA
  • MA, Psychology, Boston University
  • BA, Psychology, University of California at Davis
Expertise:
  • Mental health and health disparities among BIPOC communities
  • Latinx Mental Health
  • Community based research methods
  • Social determinants of health
  • Women's sexual risk and health
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Dr. Malamud obtained a PhD in Clinical Psychology from the APA-accredited Clinical Psychology doctoral program at Alliant International University, California School of Professional Psychology, in San Francisco. Dr. Malamud is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist in California, with training and experience in school psychology and neuropsychology, with an emphasis on providing culturally sensitive assessment and psychotherapy services to diverse, underserved clients. During her postdoctoral...

Education:
  • Alliant International University, California School of Professional Psychology, PhD in Clinical Psychology, 2015
  • California State University East Bay, MS in Clinical Child/School Psychology, 2009
  • ...
Expertise:
  • Neuropsychological assessment
  • Statistics and psychometrics
  • Clinical child psychology

Dr. David A. Martinez completed his PhD in Clinical Psychology with an emphasis in Health Psychology at the University of Missouri-Kansas City and a Post-doctoral fellowship at the Medical School of Brown University. Prior to his post-doc he was a Psychology Intern in the Behavioral Medicine Program at the VA Palo Alto Health Care System. He was awarded a pre-doctoral National Research Service Award (F31) from the National Institute of Mental Health to explore the barriers and facilitators to...

Education:
  • PhD, Clinical Psychology, University of Missouri-Kansas City
  • MA, Psychology, University of Missouri-Kansas City
  • BA, Psychology, San Diego State University
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Dr. Meghani is a core faculty member and licensed psychologist in the School of Nursing and Health Professions Clinical Psychology PsyD program. She served as the PsyD Program Director from 2021 - 2024. 

Dr. Meghani is the founder of Parentline, a free telehealth service that provides emotional support and counseling to parents of children from birth to five years of age. Her research examines the impact of inclusive, culturally responsive, and evidence-based interventions focused on reducing...

Education:
  • UCSF/ZSFG Clinical Psychology Training Program, Clinical Internship and Postdoctoral Fellowship, 2009-2011
  • University of Massachusetts Amherst, PhD in Clinical Psychology, 2010
  • University of...
Expertise:
  • Child, adolescent, and family psychology
  • Psychodynamic, brief/strategic, and solutions-focused therapy
  • South Asian diaspora acculturation and mental health
  • Program development and community partnerships

Dr. Michelle Montagno is a licensed psychologist and a long-time social justice advocate. She worked in the nonprofit and government sectors prior to pursuing a career in clinical psychology. Her areas of clinical and research interest include culturally responsive therapy, interpersonal and brief psychotherapy, racial and sexual identity development, privilege and oppression, and culturally accountable graduate training. She is also proudly certified as an advanced open-water scuba diver.

Education:
  • The Wright Institute, PsyD in Clinical Psychology, 2010
  • The Wright Institute, MA in Clinical Psychology, 2007
  • Ohio State University, BA in Political Science and Women’s Studies, 1999
Expertise:
  • Culturally responsive therapy
  • Interpersonal therapy
  • Brief therapy
  • Identity development
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Conor Smith is a core faculty member and the Assistant Director of Clinical training in the Clinical Psychology PsyD program at the University of San Francisco. He received his Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (PsyD) from the University of San Francisco and completed his clinical residency and internship at the San Francisco V.A. Health Care System. 

His primary clinical and research interests involve addressing the healthcare needs of LGBTQ+ people and other marginalized communities through...

Education:
  • University of San Francisco, Doctor of Psychology PsyD, 2021
  • University of San Francisco, MS in Clinical Psychology, 2019
  • Boston College, BA in Philosophy and English, 2013
Expertise:
  • LGBTQ+ mental health
  • Veteran mental health
  • Primary care mental health

Part-Time Faculty

Dr. Christine Chang is an adjunct professor in the School of Nursing and Health Professions Clinical Psychology PsyD program. She is a licensed psychologist practicing in California. Born and raised in Taipei, Taiwan, Dr. Chang offers culturally informed depth psychotherapy with specialties in anxiety, grief, family trauma, and immigrant and minority experience. Currently, Dr. Chang also works as a clinical supervisor at the Wright Institute and Palo Alto University. Recently Dr. Chang was...

Education:
  • Loyola University Chicago, Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology, 2015
  • Harvard University, M.Ed. in Human Development and Psychology, 2008
  • National Taiwan University, B.A. in Sociology, 2005
Expertise:
  • Contemporary psychodynamic theories and practices (e.g., AEDP)
  • Treatments for grief and complex trauma (e.g., intergenerational trauma)
  • Anxiety and stress management
  • Asian/Asian American mental health

Dr. Healey has devoted his professional life to the study of the integration of spirituality and psychology and working with religious issues in psychotherapy. In addition to being a clinical psychologist, he has been a Benedictine Monk for over 40 years, most recently residing at New Camaldoli Hermitage in Big Sur CA, and now residing and serving as Prior at Incarnation Monastery in Berkeley, CA.

Education:
  • Postdoctoral Fellow in Clinical Psychology, The Menninger Clinic, Topeka, KS
  • PhD in Clinical Psychology, Derner Institute, Adelphi University 
  • MA in Counseling, Webster University
Expertise:
  • Christian monasticism
  • Psychoanalytical psychotherapy
  • Psychological assessment

Dr. William Hua is an adjunct professor and teaches for the MPH and PsyD programs; his courses include a focus on integrated behavioral health, integrated care, and psychotherapy. He is a clinical health psychologist with the San Francisco VA health care system and has a strong emphasis on work with diverse and stigmatized populations and is dedicated to providing culturally humble care and treatment.

Dr. Hua received his PhD in Clinical Health Psychology & Behavioral Medicine at the...

Education:
  • PhD, Clinical Health Psychology & Behavioral Medicine, University of North Texas
  • BS, Psychology, Oklahoma State University
Expertise:
  • HIV and Hepatitis C Clinical Care
  • Primary Care/Mental Health Integration
  • Behavioral Medicine
  • Clinical Health Psychology
  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Molly Memel is a board-certified clinical neuropsychologist with a specialization in cognitive aging and neurodegenerative disorders. At USF, she teaches assessment courses in the clinical psychology doctoral program. This includes intellectual assessment, neuropsychological assessment, personality assessment, and the cognitive and affective bases of behavior.

Education:
  • University of Arizona, PhD in Clinical Psychology with an emphasis in neuropsychology, 2019
  • UC Berkeley, BA in Cognitive Science, 2013
Expertise:
  • Neuroanatomy
  • Neuropsychology
  • Cognitive assessment
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Luma Muhtadie, PhD, is a licensed clinical psychologist specializing in the treatment of PTSD and complex trauma, attachment disruptions, and adjustment to major life transitions. She is deeply committed to serving diverse individuals and underserved groups in a culturally responsive way. Dr. Muhtadie previously served as a Staff Psychologist on the PTSD Clinical Team at the San Francisco VA, and as an adjunct professor in the Psychology Department at the California State University Los Angeles...

Education:
  • UC Berkeley, PhD in Psychology, 2018
  • UC Berkeley, MA in Psychology, 2012
Expertise:
  • Trauma/PTSD
  • Attachment
  • Mind/body connections
  • Psychophysiology

Nithya is a first generation licensed clinical psychologist. She is passionate about de-colonizing and de-stigmatizing mental health and raise awareness on mental health in under-served communities. Nithya has worked in community mental health settings and integrated hospital settings in the past. Nithya provides therapy in English, Tamil and Hindi.

Education:
  • India California School for Professional Psychology, San Francisco, Doctorate in Psychology
  • Christ University, M.Sc. in Clinical Psychology

Alisha Saxena, PsyD (she/her/hers), is a licensed clinical psychologist and adjunct professor in the PsyD program at USF. In addition to teaching, Dr. Saxena works in private practice and partners with community organizations to host workshops, with a focus on inclusive spaces for historically marginalized groups. 

Dr. Saxena earned her PsyD in Clinical Psychology at the PGSP-Stanford PsyD Consortium in 2021. She completed her doctoral internship at the Philadelphia VA and her postdoctoral...

Education:
  • PGSP-Stanford Psy.D. Consortium, PsyD in Clinical Psychology, 2021 
  • Teachers College, Columbia University, MA in Psychology in Education, 2015 
  • University of Pennsylvania, BA in Psychology with...
Expertise:
  • Clinical psychology
  • Trauma, risk, and resilience factors
  • Health psychology 
  • Multicultural identity experiences

Dr. Schwartz is a public health nurse, professor, researcher, and theologian. She has taught nursing students at the University of California Los Angeles and West Coast University students. She has years of public health experience leading strategic planning and community coalitions. She recently completed her PhD in Nursing and uncovered a theory about how to Discover Self after adversity that can be used as a framework for corporations, schools, faith-based communities, families, and...

Education:
  • Azusa Pacific University, PhD in Nursing, 2023
  • West Chester University, MSN, 2013
  • Immaculata University, BSN, 2007
Expertise:
  • Public health nursing
  • Global health nursing
  • Gender studies
  • Theology
Education:
  • PsyD, Clinical Psychology, Argosy University, San Francisco Bay Area Campus
  • MA, Clinical Psychology, Argosy University, San Francisco Bay Area Campus
  • BA, Psychology and minor in Communication...